Our company was designed to offer clients quick & professional feedback, but I preferred to think of our team as mentors. Ideas that become a reality require on-going consulting and coaching. We found great joy in helping businesses succeed and grow.
While browsing through Michael J. Freeman’s Leadership Knowledge Base, I found the following characteristics of a good mentor, which can be used as a guideline to select mentors.
1) A Desire to Help
Individuals who are interested in and willing to help others.
2) Have had Positive Experiences
Those who have had positive formal or informal experiences with a mentor tend to be good mentors themselves.
3) Good Reputation for Developing Others
Experienced people who have a good reputation for helping others develop their skills.
4) Time and Energy
People who have the time and mental energy to devote to the relationship.
5) Up-to-Date Knowledge
Those who have maintained current, up-to-date technological knowledge and/or skills.
6) Learning Attitude
Individuals who are still willing and able to learn and who see the potential benefits of a mentoring relationship.
7) Demonstrated Effective Managerial (Mentoring) Skills
People who have demonstrated effective coaching, counseling, facilitating, and networking skills.
I hope you found us to be good mentors, and I encourage those of you with the above characteristics to consider mentoring in the future as it is extremely rewarding.
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